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Weekly Arts & Entertainment Highlights (Jul 14, 2011)

There’s plenty of entertainment to be found this weekend. In KGOU’s community events listing we find a celebration of a folk icon, a unique “traveling” art exhibit, an epic bike trek, and even an old-fashioned fundraiser to benefit a hometown hero.

Thursday, July 14th, is the birth date of Okemah’s favorite son and folk icon Woody Guthrie, which means it’s time for the 14th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. For three days, Okemah (Woody’s home town) will play host to indoor and outdoor concerts with over 50 folk acts, guitar workshops, activities for children, open mics, poetry readings, community outreach activities, and spontaneous hootenannies.

The travelling exhibition 24 Works on Paper makes its first stop at the IAO Gallery on Friday. The works shown were created by 24 artists from 8 Oklahoma cities. After its three-week run at IAO, the exhibition will then travel the state for a full year.

If you’re in Moore Friday evening then you’ll find Old Town Moore populated with local artists and musicians taking part in the Third Friday Art Walk. The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. and run until around 9:00 p.m..

The Norman Conquest Bicycle Tour is Saturday morning starting at the J.D. McCarty Center. This is the 16th year that the Bicycle League of Norman has held the tour. There are four ride distances to test your endurance, at 10 mile for beginner riders and families and 22, 46 and 66-mile routes for advanced riders brave enough to “conquer the hills, conquer the heat”.

Expect a night of laughs at the Ghostlight Theatre Club as they host OKC improv’s last show of the summer. Some of Oklahoma’s finest improv troupes help to close a five-week run of performances with the help of a four-piece troupe out of Dallas, The Hindenburgs.

Guthrie citizens open their hearts and wallets to support a local hero this Saturday. Sgt. Rusty Dunagan will be honored with an auction, bake sale and spaghetti dinner to raise funds and help defray expenses for he and his family. Sgt. Dunagan was struck by an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan last year and was presented with a Purple Heart. The fundraiser will be held at Guthrie’s American Legion building at 5:00 p.m.

You can find these events – and many others – in our online event calendar here.

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